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Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each spell you've cast this turn.
Pay 50 life: Aetherfux Reservoir deals 50 damage to target creature or player.
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Aetherflux Reservoir Discussion
1 day ago
Hey I've been playing Kess, Dissident Mage since she was released and I love her. Some simple changes you could make to your deck are as follows-
- Kess, Dissident Mage loves instants and sorceries more than creatures, she especially loves Tutors and "cantrip's" (spells that do an effect and then replace themselves) since she can cast them twice they become card advantage. You have many cheap options I would add Gitaxian Probe, Ponder, Preordain, Impulse, Opt and maybe Serum Visions and Brainstorm for cantrips and Gamble, Dark Petition possibly Merchant Scroll, Beseech the Queen and Mystical Tutor for tutors. The cantrips will also help you hit early land drops.
- Your mana curve is pretty scary for a deck with only 29 lands you need to take that down a bit or add more lands probably do both. Decks with 29 lands run all the cantrips and have a average CMC of around 2 not 3.5
- You have Windfall how about a Notion Thief? Its quite powerful when flashed in in response to someones draw spell.
- The dragon theme doesnt make any sense and is very counter intuitive to what your deck is trying to do. You should probably cut all the dragons and dragon related spells.
- My favorite win condition for Kess, Dissident Mage is using Aetherflux Reservoir and Isochron Scepter with Dramatic Reversal to cast infinite spells and gain infinite life. If you went that rout adding Fabricate, Muddle the Mixture maybe Shred Memory and Whir of Invention would probably be a good idea.
- I think you could also probably cut The Locust God, Skullclamp and Unstable Obelisk instead of those add Dimir Signet and hopefully Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Dominance and for draw add cards like Fact or Fiction, Manifold Insights or Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise. You can add Faithless Looting and Frantic Search to preload the graveyard to pay for the last two spells.
- Dark Petition, Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual are great mana producing spells for Kess, Dissident Mage
your counter magic suite is a little weak you probably want Chain of Vapor, Swan Song, Counterspell, Delay and Dispel along with Negate. take out any counterspell that cost more than 2 mana.
- Baral, Chief of Compliance is super good at reducing the cost of your spells as well. With him add Red Elemental Blast and Pyroblast depending on meta.
- These changes will make you weaker to creatures run Reality Shift, Snap, Rapid Hybridization, Fire Covenant and Earthquake
2 days ago
The ways to achieve these win conditions are either:
Auriok Salvager allows you to return LED to your hand and recast it, generating an unlimited amount of mana in any combination of colours. This can be pumped into Thrasios and draw the entire deck. You can either play Laboratory Maniac, cast Tendrils of Agony (recasting LED a few 1000 times works great for Storm) or use Aetherflux Reservoir (again, the multiple castings of LED work here as well).
With non-land mana sources in play that generate a total of at least 3 mana you can, again, generate an unlimited amount of mana in any combination of colours. Additionally, each time you use Isochron Sceptre with Dramatic Reversal you are casting Dramatic Reversal an unlimited number of times. This again works to draw your deck via Thrasios, kill via Storm with Tendrils of Agony or blow up your opponents with Aetherflux Reservoir.
This allows you to draw your entire deck via Ad Nauseum without killing yourself. This requires you to have Laboratory Maniac in play prior to casting this combo, or play him from your hand after drawing your deck then use any of your cantrips to draw one more card.
2 days ago
What's the point of using Aetherflux Reservoir over Walking Ballista btw? While yes, you have Paradox Engine, the deck is designed to assemble either of your infintie mana combos and then go from there. PE acts primarily as an enabler in this scenario.
Other than a niche case of not hitting infinite off PE, Ballista does more work and can be better recurred by Auriok Salvagers. It also is a zero life it off both Ad Nauseam and Dark Confidant. Not to mention it forms an infinite combo with Auriok Salvagers + Paradox Engine if you cast it for X=0 and then recur it to hand with Salvagers.
Overall, ballista just does way more work.
3 days ago
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4 days ago
You could try using Aetherflux Reservoir as an additional win con with the life gain from the combo.
5 days ago
Most of what got put into this deck was with I already had, only actually ordered a few cards.Never thought about using Aetherflux Reservoir, that's something that I'll definitely consider.
I considered Concordant Crossroads & Stone-Seeder Hierophant but figured that the Crossroads wasn't too needed, and i liked Argothian Elder bit more becuase of how well it works with Wirewood Lodge and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx or Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip.
This is probably one of the most combo oriented decks I've made, so making this deck I wanted to have the combo potential, but also have the traditional option of just plain beat down. Though I'll definitely give these cards considerations, especially the reservoir, that looks like a juicy add. Though I think the first thing I'm going to be adding is Kamahl, Fist of Krosa for some board wipe protection.
5 days ago
I suppose I'd be lying if I said I haven't wondered if Exquisite Blood is the better of the two for this deck. It's nice that it says "an opponent" so that you can benefit in multiple ways. I appreciate you bringing it up for me to contemplate again! I might have to do some soul-searching and playtesting, but I know for certain I'm only allowing one or the other.
As far as Aetherflux Reservoir and True Conviction go, Reservoir falls into the same category of "stupid ways to win" that Bond/Blood does for me, so that's a no go. Conviction is a good card, but I guess if I had to pick one I'm favoring over it right now, it would be Whip of Erebos, due to its utility and lower CMC. I guess I don't really see this deck as aggro-y enough to warrant something like Conviction, which is probably better suited for Edgar's going-wide strategy, but I'm glad you brought it up in case I find I could use a boost from something like that or decide to make it more aggro.
Thanks for the suggestions and insight, kameenook!
5 days ago
It seems like you're blending combo and aggro. Where do you want this to go?
Here's my current version (bar some minor updates that I really should adjust). I play with it in a fairly competitive meta and can comfortably race most decks.